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Silent Night: Celtic Fans Money Welcome But Questions Remain Un-Answered

7 December 2020


Peter Lawell may have been in his office yesterday gazing across the outside of Celtic Park and the ring of steel erected to stop fans from getting near the stadium. The fans that have splashed out on season books and retro jerseys to ensure that they played their part in achieving a historical 10IAR.

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Once the money was banked the fans opinion and loyalty seems to have been forgotten by the millionaires who control the power at Celtic Park. The fans were promised an all singing, all dancing streaming service and they got Celtic TV! The players brought in were no better than what was there which questions the ambition of the club and the recruitment policy.

Neil Lennon cuts a lonely figure on the side lines and even lonelier as he tries to pinpoint what has gone wrong this season at countless after match interviews and press conferences. On Thursday we witnessed Celtic go 2-0 up away to AC Milan and saw glimpses of what the players are capable of producing but yesterday we once again witnessed a group of players not giving everything for the jersey and the Celtic cause. At times yesterday it looked like they were going through the motions at a pre-season friendly with nothing at stake.

I think most Celtic fans expected an announcement from the club after the final whistle regarding the current coaching teams position at the club in the wake of more points dropped. Again the silence is deafening.

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I expected domestic games in December to be dominated by Celtic. On paper it looked like we could get maximum points in the league ahead of our meeting with the Rangers in early January.

Already we have dropped two points at home to St. Johnstone and have been knocked out of the League Cup by Ross County. I knew the amazing domestic cup run would come to an end at some stage but even with the current unrest I didn’t expect it to to happen at Celtic Park against Ross County, opposition we beat convincingly earlier in the season.

The fans may have been divided on Neil Lennon but they seem united on the continued alienation of  Celtic fanbase by those who wield the most power at the club. The Celtic Supporters have financially backed the club at a time when many are out of work due to Covid19 and deserve better from the boardroom and the players who are payed handsomely to represent OUR club.

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Andrew Milne started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic.  He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.

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